The average Telemarketer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.55 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Telemarketers report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Telemarketers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the greater part lack any form of coverage — but over a third have medical insurance, and nearly one in four have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,486 - $70,986
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$17K
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$71K
MEDIAN: $30,711
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$8.31 - $14.95
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$17,486 - $70,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,183  
Commission
$4.93 - $15,101  
Total Pay (?
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$18,025 - $38,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.31 - $14.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$12.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,183  
   
Commission
$4.93 - $15,101  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,025 - $38,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for Telemarketer

A telemarketer's responsibilities vary slightly by field, but they are generally responsible for calling potential customers over the telephone using automatic dialing systems and/or other phone systems. They are responsible for persuading potential customers to buy services or products by following a prepared sales pitch with product information and price quotes. Once a sale has been made, the telemarketer is responsible for recording names, addresses, and other pertinent information. Telemarketers are also responsible for following up on previous calls, as the first call may not lead to sales. In all tasks, they are required to follow all organizational guidelines and policies.

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Telemarketer Tasks

  • Explain products or services and prices, and answer questions from customers.
  • Obtain customer information such as name, address, and payment method, and enter orders into computer.
  • Deliver prepared sales talks, reading from scripts that describe products or services, in order to persuade potential customers to purchase a product or service or to make a donation.

Common Career Paths for Telemarketer


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At the upper end, Telemarketers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. Telemarketers most often move into positions as Customer Service Representatives or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Telemarketer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Telemarketers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $22K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $26K. Telemarketers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $33K on average.

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Experience Affects Telemarketer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Telemarketer Salaries

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National Average
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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